for years, Frasier Fans have wondered how the series’ titular character became so rich. Now an author of the series is clarifying the situation.
The hit sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane aired for eleven seasons from 1993 to 2004.
Later this month, in a 10-episode revival, Grammer will reprise his role as the titular therapist as he returns to Boston, where his son Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott) has just started college.
Ahead of the upcoming reboot, writer and executive producer Joe Keenan has shed some light on the lingering mysteries of the original series.
During the show’s original run, viewers became accustomed to seeing Frasier’s lavish lifestyle, which included incredibly expensive bottles of sherry and endless designer suits, leading fans to raise eyebrows and question how the character was able to afford these luxuries.
Frasier works for the radio station KACL as the host of his own psychotherapeutic radio show entitled The Dr. Frasier Crane Snow.
In an interview with Metro.co.uk To mark the show’s 30th anniversary, writer and executive producer Keenan joined the debate and stated, “The question has come up.”
Keenan stated, “We believe that Frasier has made a lot of money in his private practice in Boston and has investments.”
However, the author admitted that they may have overestimated how much a radio presenter would earn for his work.
“What we envisioned as a local radio personality’s salary may have been a little inflated,” he told the publication.
Keenan continued to compare Frasier’s apartment to that of his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce).
“If you looked at Niles and his house with Maris, that grand mansion where Niles lived, Frasier’s place didn’t seem like that at all,” he said.
Keenan further defended the size of Frasier’s apartment, explaining, “Plus, we lived on that set and it wasn’t that big when you actually walked into it [it]. They were surprised at how much smaller it was to navigate than it looked on camera and how narrow some of the passages were.
“His dining room only seated four people. This apartment, without this view [of the Seattle Space Needle], wouldn’t seem so amazing. It was the view that made it seem fabulous.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Keenan addressed the character’s famous charm with women, explaining that his “insane flirtatiousness” was used as a storytelling shortcut so he could meet new people more quickly.
“You have 20 to 22 minutes to tell the stories, so you have to make a lot of trade-offs in that you meet nice people and people see someone at a party and go straight away [to them],” he said.
Keenan continued, “If there’s one thing we’ve always laughed about in the room, it’s the way Frasier quickly charms women who in real life aren’t bothered by the cheesy, flirtatious things he says.” and say you’re charmed by the compliments he gives.
“That whole pompous, chivalrous act he plays when he’s trying to get a woman interested, I don’t know if people would be as offended by that as they find it awkward.”
The reboot of Frasier The first two episodes are scheduled to premiere on Paramount+ in the UK on October 13th, followed by a weekly release of new episodes every Thursday.
CBS will air the first two episodes later on October 17th.
Talking about the reboot in a June interview with The IndependentGrammer said that “it might be funnier than the original.”
“Frasier will form a true friendship, something we’ve never expected from him before,” Grammer explained. “David Hyde Pierce as Niles was his favorite – that’s not available at the moment. So the idea of a great friend for Frasier became really appealing and new. This is a completely new world for him.